IDC has released the numbers for smartphone shipments by vendor for Q4 2014. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Xiaomi is on top with a 13.7 percent market share in the fourth quarter — up from 6.5 percent over the previous year. However, Xiaomi's gain is Samsung's loss, as the Korean manufacturer's year-over-year growth was down 49.9 percent while Xiaomi's grew by 150 percent.
As far as other manufacturers are concerned, Huawei looked strong, growing by 28.3 percent year-over-year, while Lenovo dropped by 14.3 percentage points over the same timeframe. Perhaps the more interesting statistic concerns Apple, as the company saw significant growth from 5 percent market share in Q3 2014 to 12.3 percent in the fourth quarter.
On the Chinese market as a whole, IDC notes that 107.5 million smartphones were shipped to the country in the fourth quarter of 2014. Overall, 2014 saw 420.7 million smartphones shipped to China.
It's clear that the Chinese smartphone market is booming, with less costly handsets produced by the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei at the fore. However, this boom for low cost Chinese manufacturers appears to have come at quite a cost for Samsung, which lost its position as the top smartphone maker in China to none other than Xiaomi just last August.